By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, has vowed to complete the 4.311km St Peter’s University Achina-Onneh Road, in Aguata-Orumba Council Areas of Anambra State.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Communication, Hon. Iyke Aniagboso, the Governor gave the assurance during an exclusive interactive session tagged, ”Meet the Media” with the Commissioner for Works, Engr. Marcel Ifejiofor.
He said the session with the governor’s media team offered a rare insight into the achievements of the Governor Willie Obiano Administration
According to him, the Commissioner assured that the road would soon be completed and also addressed concerns over other on-going road projects in the state, emphasizing that the contractor handling the Onneh-Achina-Ogboji Road had been mobilized and would return to site soon to complete the project.
‘The Oneh-Achina-Ogboji road has been fully awarded. The contractor was equally mobilized to site. I want to assure the communities affected by this road that the contractor will return to site and the road will be completed before long,’ he stated.
Continuing, the Commissioner expressed Government’s desire to improve the road network in Anambra State, positing that the Obiano Administration had taken roads to communities which never had tarred roads since existence.
He conceded that there were areas in need of urgent attention, like roads in Obodoukwu, Okpoko, internal roads in Onitsha, Awka and other areas, and disclosed that most of the roads had been designed and awarded.
‘We will clear necessary water channels and drains and commence construction soonest. I will visit Obodoukwu anytime soon to reassure the residents that work will commence on the road,’ he said.
Addressing the issue of road construction in hard-to-reach areas, Commissioner Ifejiofor said the administration had constructed roads in communities described previously as no-go areas because of their terrain.
‘Nzam used to be the only LGA headquarter in Nigeria without a tarred road, but this administration is constructing a 14km long road to the community. It has completed a bridge and is currently sand-filling a stretch of about 2.4kms into the community.
‘The 42 kilometer Aguleri-Uno/Aguleri-Otu Road, traversing Eziagulu Otu, Enugwu-Otu and Nkpunando, are also instances where communities are getting tarred roads for the first time.
‘The economic value of the Aguleri Uno/Aguleri Otu road is that it leads to the state’s oil field. This administration has also constructed a 280 metre bridge over the Omambala River to provide access to the state’s oil fields. 21 kilometers of Road out of 42 kilometers designed for the area has been completed,’ Ifejiofor explained.
The commissioner emphasized that governor Obiano was passionate about delivering good roads, pointing out that his administration had done a lot in road construction and intervened in many erosion sites, reclaiming lands for the people.
According to him, the government had worked on about 202 roads so far, spread across the three senatorial zones of the state, with many completed while others were still ongoing.
He said the government had equally completed six bridges inherited from the previous administration and awarded contracts for the construction of 20 new bridges out of which eight had been completed and 12 currently ongoing.
Recent social media attention on the road had sparked controversy from affected communities, creating doubts about the commitment of the administration to the completion of the road.